Category Archives: family

Getting Into The Holiday Spirit

The most wonderful time of the year has begun! It’s Nick’s favorite season, and he loves it so much he usually starts listening to Christmas music as early as July. So, of course, as soon as the leftover turkey was in the fridge, Nick wanted to get started right away on spreading some holiday cheer.

Nick spent the past week getting into the spirit with a few of his favorite holiday activities, including putting up all of his favorite Christmas decorations.

Nick helping set up the tree!
Showing off his stocking and nativity scene!

Nick also enjoys cooking up some tasty holiday treats with his family and care providers. Last week Nick helped Liz make a super yummy pumpkin roll!

Nick helping spread the topping on the pumpkin roll
Time to roll it up!
Nick was very pleased with the finished product

Another essential part of the festive season: shopping! This time last year, Nick was still isolating due to COVID-19, so he had to do the majority of his Christmas shopping online. Thankfully this season he is able to get back out and catch all the great sales in person. Nick loves shopping for his family and friends at any time of year, and puts a lot of thought into getting the perfect gifts for everyone.

Nick caught a glimpse of his favorite actor while scoping out the post-Thanksgiving sales

Nick’s all time favorite part of this season is spending time with family. Nick was able to go to Winter Wonderlights at the Chapungu Sculpture Park in Loveland with his mom. He thought the lights were so pretty, and he always treasures the time he gets to spend with his mom. He has plans to go check out a few other light displays later this month, and is very excited!

Chapungu Sculpture Park at Centerra

Nick is excited to share more holiday activities with you throughout the month, as well as some ideas for things to do when the holidays get a little too stressful, so be sure to subscribe for blog updates!

Do you have any special holiday traditions? What do you enjoy most about the season? Let us know in the comments!

Open Streets takes on Ability Awareness

Last Sunday, lead awesome dude, Nick and his team invaded the Open Streets of Fort Collins for Open Streets 2018. Open Streets is an event in Fort Collins where an entire three-mile stretch of neighborhood streets are closed off for local booths and citizens of Fort Collins to bike through. We were invited to be a part of it.

Nick was excited to have Awesome Advocate Samantha Strong as a part of the event this year because she’s funny, smart and she brought some speech devices so passers by could experience what it’s like to use a device to communicate. Samantha works for PRC and helps individuals use tools to help foster inclusive relationships with others. For more information on Samantha and PRC, you are invited to check out their website at Prentke Romich Company.

At our Awesome in Action booth, we had several fun activities that people could try. One of which was the Wheelchair Obstacle Race, where racers would hop in a manual wheelchair and race through an obstacle course. Many kids loved experiencing what it’s like to drive a wheelchair around.

Another one of our fun activities was trying out a speech device that our wonderful friend Samantha brought along. Nick thinks speech devices are awesome because he can tell stories, he can speak his mind, share favorite movie quotes and clips with his friends.

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We also got to roam around Open Streets with awesome Olivia catching a ride on the back of Nick’s wheelchair. Nick’s favorite part was using his speech device, named Percy, to talk to all of the people he passed by.

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Overall, we loved being a apart of Open Streets because it was so fun. We loved sharing the mission of Awesome in Action with the people of Fort Collins, and letting them experience how people of different abilities use different tools to get through life. We are looking forward to next year!